Although a resume is a document that describes all professional accomplishments there is one more element to the resume that needs mention. That element is education.
Many times people focus on the actual institutions they attend but forget to add to their resume any certifications and licenses they may possess in addition to a degree or even aside from a degree.
Certifications and licenses are important if they contribute to the job for which you are applying. Listing these certificates in a cohesive manner highlight your total ability to fully qualify for the job to which you are applying.
The top 5 ways to list honorable mention certifications and or licenses on your resume are
- List your certifications and or licenses in reverse chronological order. The best way to accomplish this is to write down all of the licenses and certificates and when you received them.
- List up to five recent certifications or licenses. List the more recent and relevant licenses or certifications that will greatly contribute to your current career goals.
- List the dates of completion for certificates and licenses in month and year format and remember to write the name for the certificate or license.
- Certifications and or licenses that you list may be from seminars, courses or trainings that if you mention on your resume will have a positive effect to your current professional goals
- Create a category on your resume and name it 'Professional Licenses” or “Professional Certifications”. This is a great idea for professions that require certification to get hired such as teachers, real estate agents, notaries, medical field professionals and other fields.
As a professional who is required to have licenses and certifications remember to highlight those achievements. Focusing on your educational institution and work experience are the two main area of focus, however you need to list this third critical area of focus.